November 6, 2005 Subject:
The start of something good!
Well, itÂs almost next to impossible to start this review, I donÂt even know where to begin! OK! I know, IÂll start at the beginning! We start by going on a boat ride, to the fairground (was this the only way to get there?) from here, we visit some side shows, then the first big exhibit is the ÂKing Of MagicÂ who pulls string from his mouth, amusing the two ladies on the left to no end. From there, a newspaper exhibitÂ was that their booth? Next.. Walk on air at the fair!! Woo!! The man on the right seems stunned at this foot massagerÂ Next the Hollywood doubles exhibit.. Stunt doubles and stand ins get their day!! Baby Incubators get their day too, as we see next a HUGE exhibit devoted to it!! Heaven knows what was inside. A stop at a sculpture, and then to the zoo.. actually, itÂs the Âzoological wondersÂ hall, with a ÂBathysphereÂ attached which, according to Wikpedia, is a Âa spherical deep-sea diving submersible which is lowered into bodies of water with a cable.Â My guess that Pic the Panda isnÂt in the water, or in the bathysphere too, but heÂs in the zoological exhibit though, as shown in the pictures provided. Of course, pictures of Pandas and what you actually see is always different, as they mostly sleep during the day.. From there, the Time and Space exhibit! No idea what that isÂ We then see a cop / clown. I do believe Ridetheory has said that he was one of the official mascots of the fair.. Off to the Enchanted Forest we go, which is barked by a guy with a 10 gallon hat and a pretty leggy model. Then, the model, weÂre told has been reduced to 6 inches Âby optical arrangementÂ (read, cheap photographic effects). The excitement continues as we visit the Glass Blowers Of The World exhibit! WOOO!!!!! Oh manÂ Then, Little Miracles World!!! Midgets! See them living in their houses! Watch them play ping-pong! Go into their houses!!! This looked to be one hell of a personal exploitational exhibit. The midgets seem not to mind though. Wow. They sing and dance too! One is dressed in cowboy finery as wellÂ Guess Terror in Tiny Town fever was in full force? But noone in Munchkin wear thoughÂ Wizard of Oz of course came out in 1941.. Heaven knows what we would have seen if it came out earlier. After that, MacyÂs Toyland! Nothing really exciting there.. (well, ok, the ÂHobby LobbyÂ is catchy). Oh, it looks to be a separate exhibit all together.. Looks again to be a science exhibit disguised as a freak show.. eg, ÂA Man Sets His Hands On Fire!Â :ÂHamburger Set into Stone!!Â.. Off to ChildrenÂs World, and the carousel! They have a ring holder there, so kids can grab them. There seems to be a large contigient of riders not on the horses, but just on the floor of the ride, reaching for the rings. CHEATERS! Next, the always adorable monkey on a leash for the kids to hand money and food to. Ha! Ha1 Animal exploitation is so much fun! Next, a swan boat ride! These swans are HUGE, they seem to hold 20 people! A black kid watches, no doubt, waiting for the segregated swan to come his way. The ever popular Ferris wheel is next, followed by your standard car going around in circle ride, Then, uh, a dog sled ride, being pulled by, yes, real dogs (but not by huskies though), next, following on that trend, Dave IrwinÂs Eskimo Village! Who is Dave Irwin? Who knows. Following that is a rather curious primitive playground with a merry-goround playground ride. It looks strangely out of place.. My guess is that this could have been the daycare? Next, Arizona Cliff Dwellers! Lol nice name for this exhibit that features Indians and Snakes. Hmmm. IÂm sure thereÂs no meaning of that. This barker too has a shapely young woman by his side. Next, one of the big attractions (I think) of the fair, Bill RobinsonÂs ÂHot MikadoÂ, which was a stage production. Heaven knows what this was about, but looks to me to be a rather curious mixture of Japanese culture and Jazz dancing. Very few images of Mr.Robinson here. From that, we go to another big extravaganza, the Aquacade! This huge show, which starred Eleanor Holm and Johnny Weismuller, along with maybe 40-50 performers looked wild! The stadium looked JAMMED, maybe 5000 people? The orchestra is on the second level of a structure to the left of the pool which usage will become evident laterÂ After a dance interlude (no swimming!) Holm comes out with Morton Downey!! He does some jokes, and then Holm goes into the pool and swims around for a bit. After that,. A group of about 30 swimmers comes out and does a routine, very nicely synchronized. Not too sure if Holm is still in the water lol. After that, remember the structure the orchestra was in? Well, its ALSO the diving platform! Yes, about 5 or 6 divers do flat surface, springboard AND trampoline dives! Woo!! No idea if the orchestra got wet.. After THAT thereÂs more dancing.. and then the FIRST reel stops!! MAN! What a SHOW!! IÂm PUMPED for whatever comes ahead!! This is a MUST SEE on this site!! And YES, all my reviews are going to be this detailed, as writing this was as fun as watching this!!
March 18, 2003 Subject:
Untimed shot list
(All shots are exterior unless noted.)
Tram ride to "Amusement"
Crossing Fountain Lake, POV Ferry
Sideshow banner (?) of Fat Lady
Amusement Area from Northerly End
Barker for Guili Guili King of Magic Show
"Walk on Air at the Fair, Foot Massage 10 cents"
Clown cop with little girl, tour bus in bkg
Enchanted Forest, barker in sombrero
Optical illusion -- 6-inch-tall-dancer
Glass Blowers of the World
Little Miracle Town -- (little people, scale houses, stage show)
Macy's Toyland -- toy soldiers at entrance
Children's World (carousel, organ grinder w/ monkey, swan boat ride, Eli (?) ferris wheel, car roundabout, dogsled on wheels and eskimo village, playground)
Arizona Cliff Dwellers
INTERIOR Bill Robinson's stage show (dancing)
Billy Rose's Aquacade (swimming and diving show)